I really hate New Year’s lists and re-caps. Heck I don’t even like resolutions. I’m updating my life daily (hourly?) and cannot imagine setting goals on one particular and arbitrary date. So I’ll keep this short and to the point.
Thank you for reading and visiting! This blog has shown explosive growth over the last three or four months. It’s pretty cool knowing that someone is out there reading this stuff every day. It makes me want to write better and be more interesting.
The downside to this popularity is that WordPress (God love ’em) now thinks I’ve enough traffic to warrant adding advertising to my posts. That means that I would now benefit from selling ads, but I can’t with my current account. It’s the price of fame. (Tongue firmly planted in my cheek.)
I am officially announcing, right this moment, that I am beginning a Big Year with one caveat. I’m not trying to have a bigger year than anyone else. (It’s that non-competitive Quaker streak again.) I seldom travel out of the Midwest and I bird as an artist — I’m more interested in the experience than the count.
I simply want to set a baseline for a year of birding. I’m taking notes and I’m reporting it here. I’m keeping a little red journal (The color is important) and see what there is to learn from keeping track.
I do keep a modest life list and I will continue to add a few lifers annually (That snowy owl really got me fired up!)
I’m pretty jacked about the first bird of 2012. Do I go owling late tonight/tomorrow morning? Do I spring from bed to the window overlooking the feeder to ensure the house sparrow the number one spot? Perhaps a friend (Ernie? Greg?) can guide me blindfolded to our ever more reliable bald eagle roosts. We’ll see.
Do me a favor and share your first bird of 2012.